Hot in Paris

wallace fountainWith Paris suffering from record heat, there are a few things one can do to temper the global warming temperatures.  First, one can get a drink of fresh water from a Wallace Fountain, found throughout the city.  Built after the Franco-Prussian war, there are 103 fountains providing fresh drinking water throughout the city.  Second, there are many ice cream and gelato shops — Berthillon is most famous but Amarino is a great spot for fresh tasting gelato.  Third, cool down on a Bateaux Mouches.  Fourth, go inside a Paris museum and get some air conditioning and see some great pieces of art.  And finally, see the city by scootering on a Lime Scooter.

Summer Sales In Paris

paris summer sale 2019Paris Summer sales just started, and significant mark-downs are already occurring in stores throughout the city.  A great time to shop in some fantastic venues, including on  Rue des Francs-Bourgois in Le Marais (the 4th Arrondissement), and Rue de Passy in the 16th.  Well known brands are lined across both streets — the place where Parisians shop for fashion but at a great price.

Roland Garros 2019 — Top Places to Visit

Roland Garros.jpegFrom May 26-June 9, The French Open will showcase the world’s best tennis players, with the Women’s Championship Match held on June 8 and the  Men’s Championship Match held on June 9.  What is not so well known is that nearby is the haute Village d’Auteuil, in the 16th arrondissement, which offers an array of great restaurants, bistros, brasseries and fashion shops for those in need of new clothes or shoes.  Ticket and other information may be found here. Read More »

Brocante — Avenue Mozart

IMGP3769.JPGOn June 1 and 2, a chic brocante will be on Avenue Mozart in the haute 16th Arrondissement of Paris.  In the Village d’Auteuil area, treasure hunters can shop for fine silver, paintings, Baccarat glassware, and the usual bric-brac one can find at these events.  Nearby, you can enjoy lunch at our favorite pizza place and family oriented restaurant among the elite of the area, at Pizzeria d’Auteuil.   Or stop off for un cafe at Café Bo Zinc – which not only serves espresso but has a menu of smart drinks and is great for a tasty little lunch. Read More »

Saint Germain Jazz Festival

saint germain jazz trumpetistSince the early 1920s, Paris has been a haven for great jazz, and that is especially true in the Saint Germain area where jazz clubs abound.  So the Saint Germain Jazz Festival, running through May 27, is a great opportunity to see a host of great artists.  Hosted at several venues within the Saint Germain area (including the Sorbonne), it is not too late to get tickets, which may be purchased online.   Of course, the area is also know for some great bars and restaurants, including Le Relais de L’Entrecote (for steak), L’Epi Dupin (classic bistro), and in the Latin Quarter, bars and restaurants on Rue de la Huchette.  For something truly special, try an evening out at Josephine Chez Dumonet.

Printemps à Paris (Spring in Paris)

Trees are sprouting leaves, flowers are in bloom, sparrows sing wake-up melodies at dawn, and morning rain cleans the narrow cobble stone streets. It is spring in Paris. With spring sun giving a shimmer of warmth and sunlight from the dull, grey days of winter, people are donning sunglasses, hitting the cafés, and sitting outside on the terraces to take it all in. Children (and adults) tend to skip, not walk, and smile a little more as the sun now pierces through the clouds beating down on them. The jardins are now a venue for a pique-nique lunch, or afternoon snack. Read More »